January 8th, 2001...a day that will live in...'famy.

15 years ago today, Britney Spears and her then-boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, arrived to the red carpet of the American Music Awards dressed like...this:

The young royals of pop--a union once necessary for the earth to continue its constant, mournful spin--donned these grand frocks with un-tempered confidence; a man dutifully fulfilling the dream of his lady with graceful embarrassment, stifled by sheer adoration.

While attempts have been (foolishly) made to recreate this glorious moment...

...nothing will ever come as close to this gorgeous statement of unconditional love.

These outfits--and their romance--now hang together, somewhere in the gauzy, pale pink twilight of yesteryear.

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